Meaning of “metaphorical” in the English Dictionary

"metaphorical" in British English

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metaphoricaladjective

uk /ˌmet.əˈfɒr.ɪ.kəl/ us /ˌmet̬.əˈfɔːr.ɪ.kəl/ also metaphoric,
metaphorically
adverb uk /ˌmet.əˈfɒr.ɪ.kəli/ us /ˌmet̬.əˈfɔːr.ɪ.kəl.i/

The phrase "born again" is used metaphorically to mean that someone has accepted Jesus as God and become a Christian.
By leaving school without any qualifications, she has, metaphorically speaking, shot herself in the foot (= harmed her chances of success).

(Definition of “metaphorical” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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